Also known as
Mume, Mei, Ume
20 years to reach maturity
Japanese Apricot Overview
Closely related to the common apricot, this very early flowering species is a native of China but has been cultivated for many centuries in both China and Japan A round-headed tree of 4.5-9m high with sharply pointed leaves up to 10cm long. The lightly fragrant white to deep pink flowers are to 2.5cm in small clusters along the branches in late spring. Are followed by yellowish, apricot-like fruit. Cultivars include 'Albo-plena' with white double flowers; 'Beni-chidori', a later flowerer with fragrant pink double flowers; 'Pendula' with a weeping habit; and 'Geisha' with semi-double deep rose flowers.
Common problems with Japanese Apricot
How to propagate Japanese Apricot
Propagation is from grafting or from seeds.
Other uses of Japanese Apricot
They are grown mainly for their single, 5 petalled, to double flowers and autumn colour. Suitable for coastal conditions.